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Resource ID: #17979
Subject: Law
Source: Westword (Denver)
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Date: January 11-17

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"When the accused refuse an insanity plea, Colorado's liberal law suffers a break down." Westword reports on Colorado's decision to impose NGRI (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) on unwilling defendants. "The reasoning behind such a law is that in some cases a defendant doesn't realize- or refuses to acknowledge- that he or she is mentally ill." But some argue that mentally ill people have the right to decide their destiny with a guilty or not guilty plea and that insanity should not be forced upon them even if there is evidence. In addition, the article discusses the various interpretations of insanity pleas over the last thirty years and how they have effected court and jury decisions over the years.

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